Matera’s year as European Capital of Culture is drawing to a close. But its legacy will remain thanks to the unique involvement of local residents. Nine months ago the southern Italian city, known for its ancient caves, was transformed as music, art, sound and colour filled the streets. Organisers always wanted to involve the local community and th...

Matera città con oltre ottomila anni di Storia alle spalle non poteva non conservare nei suoi rocciosi meandri una delle identità culturali di cui si compone quel meraviglioso mosaico che è la storia del Sud Italia: parliamo degli Ebrei, la cui presenza nelle nostre contrade si perde nella notte dei tempi, senza dover aspettare la celebre cacciata...

You may well have a sense of déjà-vu when you enter Matera, a place that seems at once both truly exotic, oddly familiar and a little eerie. Spread over a valley in Basilicata, the town is stark, called “la città sotterranea” ("the underground city") for the vast number of hillside cave dwellings from the Paleolithic period in which, off on and on...

If you visit the southern Italian city of Matera this month, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mr James Bond himself. Daniel Craig and company will be filming the latest 007 movie in the ancient city of caves, which was also the backdrop to the Amazonian island of Themyscira in Wonder Woman (2017). It is not hard to understand Hollywood...

Rocco Petrone, the immigrant son of a couple from the town of Sasso Castalda, near Potenza, was the engineer monitoring the countdown on July 16, 1969 for the launch of the Apollo 11 spacecraft in Cape Canaveral that would take two men to the moon for the first time, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. A mechanic engineer, he was the director of launch...

Matera rises up on both sides of a deep ravine, its houses carved out of pale limestone, one piled on top of the other, forming a dazzling beehive of humanity. Known as the ‘City of Stones’, Matera was one of Italy’s first settlements, said to be the third-oldest continually inhabited city in the world, and its layers reveal Palaeolithic, Gothic, B...

The Apollo 11 moon landing was 50 years ago, but the images of humans walking on the powdery lunar surface, the earth rising behind them, are every bit as awe-inspiring today as they were in 1969. In Matera, the city in Southern Italy that’s the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this powerful moment will come to life with the Apollo Soundtrack, a m...

For the 73rd time in their history, Italy and Italians celebrated the Festa della Repubblica, with events across the globe aiming to underline the relevance of what happened in the country in 1946. June 2nd became a public holiday only in 2000 though, when Italian President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, decided to make a National Day of ce...

Nel pomeriggio del 4 giugno all’Ames Research Center della Nasa di Mountain View in California si è tenuto un convegno volto a rafforzare la cooperazione nel settore dello spazio tra Italia e Stati Uniti e a celebrare nell’occasione il ruolo di Matera, sia come Capitale Europea della Cultura sia quale città strategica delle tecnologie spaziali ital...

Shot in Matera. A Film Retrospective Celebrating Matera. 2019 European Capital of Culture. Free Admission | RSVP Required. IIC SF: 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza), San Francisco (CA); BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley (CA) Jun 23, Jul 5, Aug 8 | IIC SF - CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI - Dir. Francesco Rosi - Bay Area Premiere Full-Length Digita...